• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't plan on many years of use!

    • Written by from Berlin

    Good piece of equipment, bit doesn't have a long life. Mine - and I know of others - has given up already, after a couple of years of use. Doesn't springback after clicking anymore, so now useless, also loses contact more and more often after a while. Have gone back to a mouse.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great when it works......

    • Written by from Milford

    Had the trackpad now for well over 12 months, and worked like a charm. Batteries don't last very long, but when you use rechargeable ones, not a big deal.

    Then, a week ago, the cursor started to jitter all over the place, jumping back and forth. Did some research - and what did I find? A very common issue, especially with Mavericks. Tried all the usual recommended fixes with "0" result. Back to the mouse? Always hated it - I guess I'll just cough up another $69 plus tax for a new pad in the vague hope that Apple will eventually fix this thing.

    Can't say I am overly impressed.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Left side doesn't click any more; right side still works

    • Written by from Lakewood

    Bought a Magic Trackpad a few months ago. After a little getting used to (as I used 2-button Logictech mouse prior for years) I really loved it. Liked ability to hit the road and use same gestures on my MBP that I used at home when at my desk (via Magic Trackpad next to my Apple KB, no more mouse ;).

    Last few weeks I now find I have to press "harder" or multiple times to get a "click" gesture. Even early on I found I had to "learn to press" toward the bottom (for easy leverage benefit). Now I have to also "remember" to press toward the bottom and to the right to get a click. Still, about 30% or so of the time I have to press 2 or more times. I see I'm not alone with this issue based on other one-star reviews. I hope "one" exchange will fix the issue (if BB makes it easy, and if not, I'm not likely to buy another MT to see if I get lucky, again based on other reviews).

    For now, I set my preferences to allow me to use a "one finger tap" to get a click gesture. Even then, the secondary click gesture still is now often requiring multiple presses :(

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unusable after one year— faulty product

    • Written by from Franklin

    I loved this product when I first got it with my new iMac in November of 2012. But immediately after I upgraded to Mavericks a year later, the device went nuts. It randomly clicks, even when I'm not touching it. If I'm moving it across the screen, this results in icons being shifted, removed from the Dock, moved into unintended folders. If I'm surfing, it results in random clicks on sites I don't want to go to. But worse is when I'm typing, and the random click results in me deleting whole passages, sometimes even several paragraphs! Even when I began writing this review, I had to remove the batteries from the cursed thing so I could type this.
    I am a writer, and this sort of faulty behavior is completely unacceptable in a computer accessory. I cannot recommend this product to anyone.
    Naturally, since the device conveniently went wonky with the upgrade to Mavericks, I assumed it was a bug in the OS. But with several upgrades later, the problem is getting worse. Ironically, had I not upgrade to Mavericks, I would have taken the dratted thing in while still under warranty and gotten a replacement mouse (I'm not going with another trackpad, ever). But now I'm stuck with it.

    Until Apple gets this issue resolved (and I don't think it's just a matter of "sweaty fingers" as it worked fine for a year regardless of my hand's condition), then I have to warn everyone away from this turkey. Yeah, it seems good at first, but it has an unacceptably short work life. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Button Mechanism

    • Written by from METAIRIE

    The product has worked as described for about 3 months however the small rubber pieces on the bottom that serve as a button were poorly made, designed and have worn out. I bought this for my iMac at work and it hasn't performed well do to the improperly place buttons. I would say this is probably great for the casual user. For someone actually moving over a screen all day this product is a No-Go. I have since gone back to my magic mouse. I wouldn't say "no good" as the gestures are kind of cool and I am constantly questioned "is that your mouse?" Other than the dramatization that apple does so well it's rather function-less.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Should have USB - forget Bluetooth for this!

    • Written by from San Jose

    This device should have a USB connection. The Bluetooth connection is horribly unreliable, goes on and off even with full batteries. But even if it were 100% stable, the design would still make no sense. Why have to replace batteries all the time when the USB-connected keyboard is right next to the thing, with an empty USB socket pointing right at it?

    Apple, make one of these with USB and I will buy it! But offer ANY Bluetooth devices any more. I don't want them. I hate buying or charging batteries. Extra work for me that I do not need and wasteful, too.

    36 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible lag, bad precision

    • Written by from Linkoping

    There is a rubber band feeling and bad precision due to lag. Either due to the bluetooth or for other reasons. It has nothing to do with acceleration settings or whatever. There sure is a time lag of about 30ms which makes it almost useless

    27 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    didn't work out too well for me.

    • Written by from Yonkers

    this thing just did not fit the bill for me. i have been completely satisfied with every apple product I have ever bought until this one. I thought it would fix the quirkiness of Lion if I had a multitouch trackpad... but once I started using it I found it was just a patch. 2.1ghz core 2 duo with 4gb of memory and an ssd... figured this would fit in just fine. ended up being real awkward even after adjusting all the settings I could think of.

    turns out windows 7 and a scroll wheel mouse have bought my computing experience back from the dead.

    no hate here. just my two cents. too long using the same ui. just felt so stale. trackpad set the whole thing off.

    30 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted about 18 months

    • Written by from Fort Collins

    Is a perfect pairing for a OSX with the mutitouch gestures capabilities. Dragging icons over long distances, or selecting a lot of text is cumbersome.

    After about 12 months it would regularly drop connections. Eventually, after about 18 months, it was unusable and would drop connections every minute. Battery replacement would usually resolve the issue, but as time went on, battery life was shorter and shorter. It's not that they wore out, it's that the trackpad required a higher battery life percentage in order to even turn on. All battery contacts were perfectly clean too. After dropping connection, the only way to re-establish was to remove and re-insert batteries.

    Expected a little more for such an expensive product. Seriously having second thoughts about buying another one.

    44 of 54 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It was great until it went crazy

    • Written by from Lancaster

    I had the magic track pad for maybe 2 or 3 months before out of the blue, it stopped selecting things, then selected things while my hands were no where near it, 1-touch click stopped working, then 1-click stopped working, then it started moving things I didn't want to other places, and THEN it started freezing my comp whenever I turned the trackpad on.

    I know, studied and practiced all the trackpad finger moves, so I know my fingers didn't somehow slip in the wrong direction. This drove me bananas for 2 weeks since I was convinced there had to be a way to fix it---after all, it's an apple product, righ?!

    I tried everything (not in the order listed):
    Restart comp
    Repaired my mac mini's permissions in Recovery mode
    Turned off bluetooth, turned on bluetooth
    unpair and then pair
    new batteries
    cleaned trackpad with glass cleaner
    cleaned trackpad with rubbing alcohol
    blew air on the trackpad to get dust out the edges with an air compressor
    left it in a hot room to dry out (maybe the humidity in my office made it wonky, Idk)
    left it alone 3 days to rest

    But after all that, it was STILL acting very bizarre!

    I'm finally taking it back to the store for a genius appt. Hopefully they give me store credit.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    painful

    • Written by from FREEPORT

    Don't believe all of the hype over this trackpad. it really is a terrible way to interface with the computer. Glitchy, non smooth scrolling. have to really bang it to make it click, which will cause much pain to fingers and joints. As an orthopedist, would not recommend it to people with sensitive touch, prolonged banging with the fingertips is damaging. there is also no relaxed position to use this trackpad as you would find on an older ergonomic mouse. it frequently loses connection, leaving no way to operate your system (you will not be able to completely ditch your mouse). battery life expectancy is also very short, a wired version should be available to compensate poor blue tooth capabilities and poor battery life expectancy.

    25 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Mouse

    • Written by from Halifax

    I find it awkward in comparison to a mouse for selecting and moving text or when playing a game, first person shooter or strategy games, selecting and firing or selecting units. If it wasn't for gestures in the latest OS, I wouldn't recommend the track pad over a mouse.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Batteries

    • Written by from Houston

    For this kind of money you think it would come with batteries that would work out of the box. In order to get it to work I will have to go buy batteries tomorrow, what a disappointment.

    12 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    APPLE!!! need a WIRED version Please!!! Wish I could give 5 stars.

    • Written by from Chicago

    This is by far the best control interface I have ever used and I wish I could give it 5 stars... forget that I'd give it 6 stars but sadly it's not wired.
    Most people's issue with wireless is battery life, I'm concerned about health etc... Nothing I own is wireless because of this and I am a master of hiding wires. lol.
    I mean it could connect and plug directly into the side of the wired keyboard... the usb extending out of the trackpad could literally be 1/2 cm long and it would connect directly into the wired keyboard!

    21 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Easily dented when dropped

    • Written by from KUALA LUMPUR

    It is very common to drop these beautiful designed in California aluminium tools. Once dropped, most like you will get a dent especially near the edges. If you are unlucky, the dent is next to the power button. Depend on the damage, the power button could get stuck by the dent. You will get into issue when holding it for pairing. Take out the battery will help you to On or off the device.

    The dent effect also affect the wireless keyboard too... :(

    I will give it a 5 stars if Apple make it a bit stronger. The aluminium used is way way way to soft for common use.

    17 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Great

    • Written by from New York

    It's a sobering moment to discover you're one of the undead, for
    that's what happened to me when I started using this thing. I mean,
    I must be a zombie - at least that's what my trackpad must think of me. Why else
    would it not respond to my touch? My girlfriend has no problems with her
    delicate fingers using it to zip through the pages, but I, apparently having no
    pulse and, therefore, a cold touch can't get the friggin thing to work - not
    unless I press down really hard. I'm using Snow Leopard, so I had to download and install a free third party software called MagicPrefs to get at least some of the fancy gesturing features to work. And even then I only get at best sporadic functionality - that is, when it finally and stubbornly decides to work for me. I'd been advised by an Apple rep to upgrade my OS to Lion. However, after not only hearing a cautionary tone in his voice about doing it but also reading so many negative reviews reminiscent of horror stories associated with Windows upgrades, I'm deciding to hold off, for now. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some flesh to eat and rotting to do.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I want to like this product...

    • Written by from Forest Hills

    Really, I do. It's a neat concept, but after a few weeks of getting used to it I still find it to be rather frustrating. I often find it highlighting and moving things against my will. It doesn't always respond to my attempts to click on links on icons no matter how many times I touch it. Other times a single touch will highlight the entire screen and not let go.
    I'm sure there are fans who will declare that I simply don't know how to use it. They're probably right. But how good can it be if the product requires weeks of practice to master? Ease of use is a biggie. I went back to using my magic mouse and my blood pressure dropped instantly. Speaking only for myself, the Magic Trackpad is a rare disappointment from a company that usually hits it out of the park.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit frustrating

    • Written by from KNOXVILLE

    Bought this Trackpad when I upgraded to Lion OS.
    Have used it for almost one month and still am learning. Many features/gestures have no use in my line of work/home use.
    I've owned an iPhone and Macbook Air and had no problems with the touch gestures. Enjoyed the app on my iPhone that made it a 'touchpad'. But, this works differently.
    This Trackpad has a generous surface area, which is part of the problem. Easy to have accidental touches (even to the edges of the trackpad) with dire consequences, and many gestures are frustrating.
    Sometimes my pinky and/or ring finger will touch the pad while I'm scrolling and send me to another webpage or interpret the gesture as a 'swipe', or some other gesture and close the page all together.
    Seems like 'up' is down, and 'down' is up. With my previous mouse or trackball and the 'window blind' controls on webpages, you'd pull 'down' to make the page scroll up, 'up' to make the page go scroll down. With this Trackpad, the gestures are as if you're touching the page, itself. Odd, since the pad is horizontal and the screen is vertical. And now, on many sites and in most dialogue boxes, with this Trackpad (and Lion update?) those 'window blind' controls on the edge of the website or dialogue box are gone!
    Also, double clicks aren't always recognized, or sometimes are overly sensitive, regardless of the setting. I find it difficult to block/select a section of text or photo to highlight for editing or to copy and paste.
    I regret this purchase. My $12 Blutooth mouse was cheaper, much simpler to operate and move, and not counter intuitive.

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Quirky and buggy

    • Written by from Lakewood

    I really WANTED this to work for me... but after using if for a couple of weeks, I realized it's extremely buggy and very inconstant with the gestures from one app to another. Cursor jumps all over the place and the same gesture doesn't always work twice in a row.

    Save your money and the agony... Apple has NOT thought this one through yet.

    12 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool idea but slows down workflow

    • Written by from FOREST HILLS

    Its a great piece of technology and I am really excited to see where this goes in future incarnations.
    However I find it much slower and more restrictive than a regular mouse, sometimes confuses click with right click and is quite inconsistent.
    I ordered one with my new Imac but will be going back to a regular mouse.
    If you want to work with speed and productivity I would not recommend it.

    46 of 53 people found this useful